HANFORD — After reports of a possible school shooting threat spread online, the Hanford Police Department has investigated the incident and deemed the rumors to be untrue, officials said.
Tuesday, the department began receiving information regarding a possible threat of a school shooting. Officials said it was reported that the targeted schools would be Sierra Pacific High School and Hanford High School.
Police said rumors generated from a social media website and quickly spread through Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
Hanford officers said they worked through the night and into Wednesday morning investigating the rumors, which were determined to be false. They said they determined there was never a threat to the school, staff or students.
The Hanford Police Department would like to remind parents and students about the seriousness of social media posts containing unconfirmed information, especially when it involves threats of violence.
Officials said any known threats of violence should be immediately reported to the police department for investigation, rather than be disseminated through social media.
“All threats are taken seriously and investigated in conjunction with the school districts, to ensure the safety of all students and staff,” the department said in a press release.